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Our knowledge base offers advice, help and answers to those commonly asked questions such as 'How do I install a wood burning stove?' or 'What's the difference between a wood burner and a multifuel stove?' as well as offering useful tips on using a stove and stove maintenance.

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Cast Iron or Steel?

Cast iron has better heat retention and conductance properties. It will not warp as easily as steel, and more intricate stove designs can be achieved using the casting process such as ribbed sides, emblems etc. All of the cast iron stoves we sell are of an excellent quality; cheaper stoves should be avoided for a number of reasons including: inferior quality of castings, poorer build quality and general finish. As the old adage goes: you pay for what you get!

Steel stoves are generally cheaper to buy than cast iron stoves. Steel stoves will heat up quicker than cast iron but will also cool down quicker as steel does not retain heat as well as cast iron. Steel expands and contracts more quickly than cast iron therefore can be susceptible to ‘hot spots’:- where certain areas of the stove are subject to greater temperatures than other areas of the stove. Steel stoves generally have cleaner lines than cast iron as intricate mouldings cannot be achieved, however most traditional looking steel stoves do have cast iron doors.